Only four cars showed up for the Extreme 10.5 (XTF) class at the ADRL Summit Racing Equipment Ohio Drags VI presented by Mickey Thompson, but as far as Billy Glidden is concerned, a win is a win.
With a 3.923 at 188.96 qualifying pass, Glidden and his nitrous-fed 2010 Mustang slotted in behind Alan Pittman at 3.911 and 197.31 mph in his screw-blown ’09 Mustang. The pair would settle the final after Glidden easily handled Dan Myers and his California-based Chevy Cameo pick-up with a 3.886 pass at 190.16 that set low ET of the meet, while Pittman had an equally easy time beating Cleveland’s Nick Jackson and his supercharged ’41 Willys with a 4.243 at 195.28 mph.
Glidden led from stripe to stripe in the final, leaving with a .056 holeshot that allowed his 3.939 pass at 187.11 to beat Pittman’s quicker and faster 3.894 at 197.48 mph by a slim nine-thousandths of a second.
“I was spinning down there, pretty significantly,” Glidden said later. “It really should have run at least as well as it did the run before, like an .88 or something.”
It marked the 14th win in the class for Glidden and returned to him sole status as the ADRL’s winningest driver. That it came with his mother, Etta, in attendance at a race other than the U.S. Nationals for the first time since 1996 made the accomplishment that much more special for Glidden.
“It’s great for a lot of reasons. It’s a Mickey Thompson race and this is the Mickey Thompson car, we’ve got a lot of friends out here with us this weekend and then there’s Mom. I told everyone to prepare for the Apocalypse because she actually left the house and came to a race other than Indy,” the Whiteland, IN-based driver joked. “But it was awesome to have her here; very awesome.”
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